Teen Summer Reading Starts June 11th!

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Teen Summer Reading is almost here!  Starting June 11 Teens grades 7-12 can sign up for Brighton District Library’s Teen Summer Reading Program.  Once you sign up you’ll receive a TSRP Bingo Card with various reading related challenges.  Complete a challenge and you can mark off a box. When you get a BINGO you come into the library to check in and pick up a prize & an entry into the Grand Prize Drawings.

This year’s Grand Prizes are themed prize packs. You could win one of the following Prize Packs…

  • I Want to Go to Hogwarts 
  • Super Hero Lover
  • Book & Coffee Lover
  • Movie Lover
  • Photography Lover



For more information about Teen Summer Reading check out the Teen Summer Reading page.

2017 YALSATeens’ Top 10 Nominees

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YALSA ( Young Adult Library Services Association) have announce the Teens’ Top Ten Award nominees for 2017.  The Teens’ Top Ten is a “teen choice” list, where teens nominate and choose their favorite books of the previous year! Nominators are members of teen book groups in fifteen school and public libraries around the country. Readers ages twelve to eighteen will vote online between August 15 and Teen Read Week™ (October 8-14, 2017)  on the Teens’ Top Ten site. The winners will be announced the week after Teen Read Week.

The video above features actors from the upcoming movie version of Everything, Everything announcing the nominees. You can find a printable list of all the nominees here.


If you liked Red Queen…

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If you are a fan of Victoria Aveyard’s Red Queen series try some of these titles next!

Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo
Orphaned by the Border Wars, Alina Starkov is taken from obscurity and her only friend, Mal, to
become the protegé of the mysterious Darkling, who trains her to join the magical elite in the belief that she is the Sun Summoner, who can destroy the monsters of the Fold.



An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir
Laia is a Scholar living under the iron-fisted rule of the Martial Empire. When her brother is arrested for treason, Laia goes undercover as a slave at the empire’s greatest military academy in exchange for assistance from rebel Scholars who claim that they will help to save her brother from execution. Elias is a Martial, a student of Blackcliff Academy and a trained killer. Elias wants nothing more to live Blackcliff and live a life without killing. Elias and Laia’s lives soon entangle as the both try to navigate the treacherous hall of Blackcliff.

The Young Elites by Marie Lu
Adelina Amouteru survived the blood fever, a deadly illness that killed many, but left others with strange markings and supernatural powers. Cast out by her family, Adelina joins the secret society of the Young Elites and discovers her own dangerous abilities



The Glass Arrow by Kristen Simmons
Stolen from her home, and being groomed for auction, Aya is desperate to escape her fate and return to her family, but her only allies are a loyal wolf she’s raised from a pup and a strange mute boy who may be her best hope for freedom if she can truly trust him.


The Sin Eater’s Daughter by Melinda Salisbury
For four years sixteen-year-old Twylla has lived in the castle of Lormere, the goddess-embodied, whose touch can poison and kill, and hence the Queen’s executioner–but when Prince Merek, her betrothed, who is immune to her touch returns to the kingdom she finds herself caught up in palace intrigues, unsure if she can trust him or the bodyguard who claims to love her.



The Orphan Queen by Jodi Meadows
Wilhelmina has a hundred identities. She is a princess. When the Indigo Kingdom conquered her homeland, Wilhelmina and other orphaned children of nobility were taken to Skyvale, the Indigo Kingdom’s capital. Ten years later, they are the Ospreys, experts at stealth and theft. With them, Wilhelmina means to take back her throne.



Pawn by Aimee Carter
Escaping a life of marginalization and misery, Kitty Doe joins the most powerful family in the country, a choice that requires her to assume the identity of the Prime Minister’s niece and stop a rebellion that ended her predecessor’s life.



The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson
On the morning of her wedding, Princess Lia flees to a distant village. She settles into a new life, intrigued when two mysterious and handsome strangers arrive–and unaware that one is the jilted prince and the other an assassin sent to kill her. Deception abounds, and Lia finds herself on the brink of unlocking perilous secrets–even as she finds herself falling in love


New March Teen Titles

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  • Crown of Wishes by Roshani Chokshi | Sequel to The Star-Touched Queen 3/23/17
  • The End of Oz by Danielle Page| Book 4 in Dorothy Must Die series
  • The Body Market by Donna Freitas | Sequel to Unplugged-3/28/17
  • Traitor to the Throne by Alwyn Hamilton| Sequel to Rebel of the Sands
  • Alone by Scott Sigler | Book 3 of the Generations Trilogy
  • Honestly Ben by Bill Konigsberg| Companion to Openly Straight


Blood Rose Rebellion by Rosalyn Eves 
Highborn magicians known as Luminates rule Europe and have used a Binding spell to restrict the use of magic for only those of noble blood. Enter Anna Arden, a 16-year-old of noble birth who can’t cast spells. However it turns out while she’s can’t wield magic, she can break spells…like the Binding spell the nobles put up to keep the lower cast from using magic. A group of rebels want Anna to cast a spell, but since that would put her life at risk she runs away to Hungary. Unfortunately there is a class war brewing in Hungary as well. Ann must decide whether to play is safe or risk everything to change the world.


Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor
200 years after humans wiped out the powerful Mesarthim in a war so devastating that the city where it took place was said to have vanished and became known only as Weep. Lazlo Strange, an orphaned young librarian raised by monks, is obsessed with Weep and dreams of traveling across a dangerous desert to find it. Almost miraculously, the opportunity comes his way, and Taylor’s story takes shape in Weep itself where, unbeknownst to humans, five “godspawn”-each with a special power-and the ghosts that serve them still endure, waiting to take revenge.



Goodbye Days by Jeff Zentner
Carver Briggs already feels responsible when his three best friends are killed in a car accident after he sent a “Where are you guys?” text message to the driver. Now it seems as though the whole town wants him to be prosecuted, and he’s having debilitating panic attacks. When one friend’s grandmother suggests they pay tribute to the deceased by spending a “goodbye day” swapping stories and doing what he loved, Carver finds a cathartic way to atone for his perceived sins.



Hunted by Meagan Spooner
Yeva, known as Beauty to her beloved family, enjoys the pleasures of her aristocratic life, but is not satisfied by it. Her father loses his fortune in a failed business venture, forcing Yeva and her sisters to move to his remote lodge in the forest. When her father goes missing in the woods, Beauty, an accomplished hunter, goes after him. She soon finds herself the prisoner of a cursed beast who needs Beauty’s skills for his own purposes. Alternately delicate and brutal, this is an evocative retelling that grounds itself within the universal magic of storytelling



The Inexplicable Logic of My Life by Benjamin Alire Sáenz
Sal used to know his place with his adoptive gay father, their loving Mexican American family, and his best friend, Samantha. But it’s senior year, and suddenly Sal is throwing punches, questioning everything, and realizing he no longer knows himself. If Sal’s not who he thought he was, who is he? This humor-infused, warmly humane look at universal questions of belonging is a triumph.



Nemesis by Brendan Reichs
Every two years Min is murdered on her birthday, only to wake up the next day with the event never having happened. As Min awaits the next killing on her sixteenth birthday, she decides to take matters into her own hands and unravels a conspiracy greater than she ever imagined.




13 Reasons Why is Coming to Netflix!

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Did you know that Jay Ashers’ book 13 Reasons Why is coming to Netflix.  On March 31st 13 Reasons Why will premiere on Netflix.  Check out the trailer it looks sort of amazing!  According to IMBD the series will be 13 episodes. It looks tragic and chilling.  If you have yet to read 13 Reasons Why go get yourself on the holds list right now!  I highly recommend the audiobook of this one.

13 Reasons Why by Jay Asher
When high school student Clay Jenkins receives a box in the mail containing thirteen cassette tapes recorded by his classmate Hannah, who committed suicide, he spends a bewildering and heartbreaking night crisscrossing their town, listening to Hannah’s voice recounting the events leading up to her death.

Heartless and Nerdy Nummies Macarons

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After reading Marissa Meyer’s new book Heartless I got the craving to bake. In Heartless, main character Catherine loves to bake.
She loves baking so much she would throw away her fortune and the chance to marry the king of Hearts if her parents would agree to let her open her own bakery. While plotting to set up shop in town with her maid Marianne, Catherine unexpectedly begins falling for the new Court Joker and things start to spin out of control. While adventure and romance abound in Heartless will make your stomach drop, it’ll also make it growl with the descriptions of Catherine’s confections.



One delicious plot point is her Rose Macarons that she serves up to the Mad Hatter and Company. I’ve been wanting to make Macarons ever since! Luckily for me Rosanna Pasino has me covered with Nerdy Nummies. Check out her delightful Smart Cookie Macaron recipe. Make sure to check out Heartless and the Nerdy Nummies cookbook!

Teen Programs in March

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Join us for a yoga session taught by Denise Johnson from Always Time for Yoga LLC.  Remember to bring a towel or yoga mat, and water.  For ages 9-14. Register beginning February 18.

Great writers are made, not born. The Brighton District Library’s Teen Writers’ Workshop helps tomorrow’s John Green or J.K. Rowling plot a course in the literary world. Facilitated by Erma Bombeck Award-winning humorist Mike Ball, this workshop is fun and rewarding. Young writers enjoy a free-wheeling camaraderie with other aspiring writers, and receive positive reinforcement as they progress. For teens grades 7-12. Registration begins two weeks prior to each workshop.

Create awesome geometric art using tape. No artistic skill is required.  Register beginning February 23. For teens 7-12th grade.

Join us for crafting and snacks.  We’ll have a new craft every month lead by our Teen Advisory Board members.  Each month will feature a different craft chosen and run by other teens. Drop In, no registration necessary.

March is reading month, so let’s sink our teeth into some new books! Our teen librarian will tell you about some of the hottest new teen books out this month while you snack away.  Teens who attend will get first dibs to check out the most popular teen titles this month. Register starting March 9. For teens 7-12th grade


What We’re Reading…

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Need to decide what to read next, check out what our Teen Librarian is reading.

The Diabolic by S.J Kincaid
Genre: Scifi/Space Opera
What its About: Nemesis is a Diabolic, a humanoid teenager and the galaxy’s most deadly weapon, who masquerades as Sidonia, a senator’s daughter, and becomes a hostage of the galactic court.



Scythe by Neal Shusterman
Genre: Scifi/Dystopian
What its About: In a world where disease has been eliminated, the only way to die is to be randomly killed (‘gleaned’) by professional reapers (‘scythes’). Two teens must compete with each other to become a scythe–a position neither of them wants. The one who becomes a scythe must kill the one who doesn’t.



The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon
Genre: Contemporary
What its About: Natasha: I’m a girl who believes in science and facts. Not fate. Not destiny. Or dreams that will never come true. I’m definitely not the kind of girl who meets a cute boy on a crowded New York City street and falls in love with him. Not when my family is twelve hours away from being deported to Jamaica. Falling in love with him won’t be my story. Daniel: I’ve always been the good son, the good student, living up to my parents’ high expectations. Never the poet. Or the dreamer. But when I see her, I forget about all that. Something about Natasha makes me think that fate has something much more extraordinary in store for both of us. The Universe: Every moment in our lives has brought us to this single moment. A million futures lie before us. Which one will come true?


The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill
Genre: Fantasy
What its About: Every year, the people of the Protectorate leave a baby as an offering to the witch who lives in the forest. They hope this sacrifice will keep her from terrorizing their town. But the witch in the Forest, Xan, is kind. She shares her home with a wise Swamp Monster and a Perfectly Tiny Dragon. Xan rescues the children and delivers them to welcoming families on the other side of the forest, nourishing the babies with starlight on the journey.

One year, Xan accidentally feeds a baby moonlight instead of starlight, filling the ordinary child with extraordinary magic. Xan decides she must raise this girl, whom she calls Luna, as her own. As Luna’s thirteenth birthday approaches, her magic begins to emerge–with dangerous consequences. Meanwhile, a young man from the Protectorate is determined to free his people by killing the witch. Deadly birds with uncertain intentions flock nearby. A volcano, quiet for centuries, rumbles just beneath the earth’s surface. And the woman with the Tiger’s heart is on the prowl . . .

Heartless by Marissa Meyer
Genre: Fantasy, Fairy Tale Retellling
What its About: In this prequel to Alice in Wonderland, Cath would rather open a bakery and marry for love than accept a proposal from the King of Hearts, especially after meeting the handsome and mysterious court jester.

Upcoming Programs for Tweens & Teens!

Related imageFor those of you ages 9 and up, we have two exciting programs coming up in February!  First is the Mother-Daughter Craft on Thursday, February 2 from 6:30-8:00pm.  This month we’ll be making a candy topiary — perfect to give as a Valentine’s Day gift or to keep for yourself!  Then on Saturday, February 4, fight in the Cupcake Wars — this time there will be two epic battles, one from 1:00-2:00 and one from 3:00-4:00.  To register for either of these exciting programs, go to our calendar and click on the program you want to sign up for.  See you soon!